I have a confession – I’m a shopaholic.

Over the years I’ve been able to rein in my habit but I still have a shoppers itch that just don’t quit. However, since starting Challenge Detroit, I’ve begun to scratch my itch with local, small owned Detroit Businesses  Not only have I had to opportunity to shop at cool, new businesses – I’ve been able to connect with Detroit and the hustle of Detroit in an entirely new way. 


Some of my favorite places so far:


Detroit Sip is a community based coffee shop that serves the West Mcnichols “6 mile” area. Owned by Detroiter Jevona Watson, Detroit Sip has become a neighborhood hub that radiates culture and warmth.


 My favorite thing at Detroit Sip is the Joe Frappe with a cinnamon roll.



Detroit is the New Black (DITNB) is a black owned clothing store located in Downtown Detroit on Woodward Ave. DITNB offers a stylish and modern take on Detroit Pride Apparel. 


My favorite thing at DITNB are the “Detroit est Novueu noir” shirts which is “Detroit is the New Black” in french. It’s a fresh (and historically accurate) take on their brand.



Rebel Nelle is a Detroit based jewelry company that uses graffiti to make their jewelry. Rebel Nelle’s mission is “ to employ women facing barriers to employment in Detroit, educate them on financial management, life wellness and entrepreneurship, and empower them to transition to a life of independence.” Not only is Rebel Nelle stylish – it’s empowering too! 


My favorite thing at Rebel Nelle is the Joe Louis collection. This collection is made completely from graffitti from the Joe Louis Arena. Not only is it stylish, the jewelry is a great conversation starter at any get together. 


Where are your favorite places to shop in Detroit?